Early repair of trauma-related full-thickness rotator cuff tears does not eliminate the problem of healing failure

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AIMS: Failure of healing is a well-known problem after repair of the rotator cuff. This study aimed to investigate if early repair of trauma-related full-thickness rotator cuff tears (FTRCTs) could prevent this failure. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective trial, 62 consecutive patients (14 women (23%), 48 men (77%); median age 61 years (interquartile range (IQR) 54 to 65)) with trauma-related FTRCT underwent arthroscopic single-row repair within six weeks of trauma. Tendon integrity was assessed one year after surgery using the Sugaya score on MR images. Patients were followed up with Western Ontario Rotator Cuff (WORC) index, EuroQol visual analogue scale (EQ VAS), and the Constant-Murley score (CS) two years after repair. RESULTS: A total of 57 patients (92%) had MR images available at one year; 59 patients (95%) had CS (one year), WORC (two years), and EQ VAS scores (two years). Intact repair was found on MRI in 36 patients (63%); 13 patients (23%) displayed healing failure of at least one repaired tendon and eight patients (14%) displayed total healing failure. Median WORC index and relative CS improved from 30.8 points (IQR 20.1 to 38.6) at baseline to 85.0 points (IQR 60.6 to 95.7) at two years and 26.5 points (IQR 21.2 to 37.4) to 83.2 points (IQR 71.9 to 97.5) at one year, respectively. The relative CS at one year was significantly better among those with intact repairs compared with those with healing failure (91.6 vs 78.1 points; p = 0.031). CONCLUSION: Although early repair of trauma-related FTRCT improved patient relevant outcomes over two years for the entire cohort, only two out of three repaired rotator cuffs displayed intact structural integrity on MRI after one year. Consequently, early repair did not seem to prevent healing failure after trauma-related FTRCT. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2019;101-B:603-609.

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  • Helsingborg Hospital
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  • Orthopedics

Keywords

  • Cuff healing, Early arthroscopic repair, Patient-reported outcome measures, Repair integrity, Rotator cuff tear, Trauma-relatedtear, Traumatic tear
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)603-609
Number of pages7
JournalThe Bone & Joint Journal
Volume101-B
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May 1
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes